BAR Extend Young Driver Programme

BAR have announced that they have signed long-term agreements with two more members of their Young Driver Programme

BAR Extend Young Driver Programme

Former British F3 champion Alan van der Merwe and former SudAm F3 champion Danilo Dirani will join Adam Carroll and James Rossiter on BAR's books. All of them will be offered technical, fitness and performance coaching as part of their deals.

BAR sporting director Gil de Ferran said: "Our team had identified Alan and Danilo as two very promising young drivers with impressive results, After observing them closely throughout this past season, we decided that our faith in their potential was justified."

Speaking about the deal, Van der Merwe explained: "Being part of the Young Driver Programme with BAR Honda has been a fantastic opportunity which couldn't have come at a better time for me.

"It's very difficult for a driver to get the chance to integrate into a top team like BAR Honda and the team's Young Driver Programme has already given me exciting projects like the Bonneville 400.  I look forward to a successful future with the team."

Dirani added: "I am really pleased to be part of the BAR Honda Young Driver Programme. Working with the team over the last year has given me invaluable support, particularly with my fitness and preparation for races and I really appreciate the chance of working with a professional F1 team at this early stage of my career."

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